Rehberg’s budget priorities: “?”

Rehberg goes 0-7 on budget proposals, fails to offer his own

BILLINGS, Mont. – In the past 24 hours, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on seven very different budget proposals spanning the political spectrum, yet Congressman Dennis Rehberg voted “no” each time–without offering his own proposal.

“Once again, Congressman Rehberg failed to make a responsible decision about this nation’s priorities and cutting our debt and spending,” said Montanans for Tester spokesman Aaron Murphy. “If Congressman Rehberg doesn’t support any of the proposals put in front of him, why didn’t he propose his own? He believes he’s no longer accountable to the people of Montana, yet he wants to be their senator.”

In the last 24 hours, Rehberg has voted against seven wide-ranging proposals:

  • Rep. Paul Ryan’s GOP budget proposal
  • A modified version of President Obama’s budget proposal
  • A bipartisan budget proposal modeled after the Simpson/Bowles Debt Commission proposal
  • A fourth budget proposal offered by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)
  • A fifth budget proposal offered by Congressman Mike Honda (D-Ca.)
  • A sixth budget proposal offered by Congressman Scott Garrett (R-N.J.)
  • A seventh budget proposal offered by Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

In July, Rehberg supported the controversial Cut, Cap, and Balance plan which one pundit labeled the “Most Irresponsible Legislative Proposal of the Year.” This proposal would have forced drastic cuts to Medicare in order to protect tax loopholes for millionaires and corporations that ship jobs overseas.

This year, Rehberg also admitted that he still has not read the 66-page reform proposal put together by the bipartisan Debt Commission.